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Ronald D. Hendrickson

April 27, 1965 March 17, 2024
Ronald D. Hendrickson
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Ronald Dee Hendrickson, Age 58

Born in Logan, Utah to Donald Lee Hendrickson and Kathryn Johnson Hendrickson on April 27th, 1965, and passed away on March 17th, 2024, at home with his loving wife Carrie in Lavina, MT. Ron had been dealing with health issues for a few years now.

Ron was always mischievous and up to no good with his shenanigans, beers in hand, and making memories with his wife Carrie, family, and friends.

Ron loved hunting with his dad, it grew to be one of his favorite passions. He also loved having long talks with his mom and spending time with her. Ron went to Lincoln Elementary, Box Elder Junior High, and Graduated from Box Elder High school in 1983 in Brigham City, Utah. Ron went on to further his education in Diesel Mechanics for Big Rigs.

Rons first Marriage brought a son Born in Dillon, MT on September 12, 1985, Brian Hendrickson. Rons second marriage in June 1990 was to Tina Hendrickson from Lewistown, MT and Divorced May of 2014. Rons final marriage was to Carrie A Tucker they were common law married in Huntley, MT from 2014 till he passed in Lavina, MT. Carrie was his soul mate. They met at a mechanic shop he was working at in Billings, MT in 2006 and have been together ever since.

Ron loved fishing, hunting, boating, and spending time with his grandchildren. He treasured the time he got to spend with them, teach them new things, and the memories that were created. Never failing to have a new adventure always planned.

Rons sidekick was his Border Collie Aussie Rosie, she was one of Rons most prized possessions extremely protective of her dad and such a character she loved snacking on the UPS guy. He has had many other amazing pets, but Rosie was at the top of his list.

Don’s\Dad’s memories of his son,

My first memory of my first-born child was he was born 10 months to the day less 1 hour of when his mom and I were married. One of the best early memories was that Ron loved the outdoors. At 2 ½ years old I bundled him up and took him hunting up the Gallatin Canyon. We made quite a team. Whenever the little red jeep moved, it was his cue to jump in “Ready to Go”. I took him everywhere I went hunting. He loved all of our hunting trips whether it was for coyotes, gophers, deer, or elk. There was never a bad hunting trip because he was with his dad. Ron was always poking his head under the hood of a car or crawling underneath the body when dad was fixing whatever was needed to keep a car running. Answering constant questions about what that was, or how do you fix that. That love continued into a successful mechanic career. If it was up to Ron, he would tell you that he was born 100 years too late! He should have been a mountain man living off the land. I Could fill a notebook with all the memories, but these are just a snapshot of my son, Ron.

Sherri’s\Sister’s memories of her brother,

To try to write out only a few things about my brother would mean that you would miss the best parts. I always had that protectiveness from mom and dad. However, what some didn't know was that being the youngest and the only girl came with older brothers. That should say enough. Early memories with Ron came with shenanigans in full form. I will leave this at merely saying St Bernard. If you know, well you know. When I was pretty young, I remember that in times I would be awake to a bad dream or just couldn't sleep. My safety was making the trek downstairs and crawling into the side of Ron’s Bed. I don't remember him ever getting mad or asking why. He was just the big brother we all had. Many times, he was there to teach us new things. I think his favorite was definitely his love for the outdoors. Fishing was a big one. He taught me so much during those trips, that it stuck. However, his love for the mighty hunt didn't stick cause I just can’t take out Bambi’s dad. He was the hunter of this big Hendrickson family. From small bucks to big elk, that was his skill, a skill he would indeed pass down to everyone that surrounded him. The stories to be told by all the boys involved when it comes to growing up Hendrickson, usually meant he could be the instigator or bouncer, may the odds be in your favor. When I was younger, I was hospitalized. Dad and the boys were out of state working when they got the news. I remember when they arrived at the hospital, you had to keep close tabs on the boys. Yep, there were some hot nurses. I will leave that right there. I learned at this time not to dwell on the negative, but more so look for the positive in things. I basically had to relearn everything. Well, does anyone else have their own pit crew ready to figure out how to fit a big block chevy on the back of a wheelchair? I felt pretty special. I could literally keep going about that brother of mine that is gonna be missed more than he will ever know, but I will leave the rest till we can all get together to remember one of the legendary Hendrickson boys. Just remember if you saw that twinkle and that grin, he was definitely up to something. Always as a friend, forever a brother. Love you forever, Sherri.

Brian’s\Son’s memories of his Dad,

He was the greatest Dad and teacher, growing up watching him gave me the skills and work ethic I have today. I Love you Dad and I am thankful I got these last few years free with you. The strongest man I've ever known, the greatest auto and heavy-duty diesel mechanic this world has ever had. The best memories I have with you was doing the demolition derby in Utah together and building the cars as a team, hunting and freezing our asses off on top of our favorite hunting spot MT high when it was –30, Dad gave me the tent and he slept in the truck and always laughed about how it was the coldest tin can he ever slept in. Till we meet again, the shop better be packed when I get there and the fridge full of beer.

Courtney’s/ Stepdaughter’s memories of her Stepdad,

Ron was a very strong man; I loved the way that he loved my mom and how they were inseparable and always on adventures together. I loved our dances in Phillipsburg, cutting down firewood and loading it, and our hunting trips. You were always there for me when I always had an auto question always responding with no problem, feel free to call or text

Ron’s technical service anytime, lol. One of my favorite memories was you towing the paddle boat with your boat at Petrolia Lake and then you went to grab me and toss me over and I grabbed on to you and we ended up tipping the whole entire paddle boat and we all went overboard lol with everything in the boat. My other favorite memory is having a Protective Dad while we were shooting pool and you telling me to hold your teeth while you took care of a creep lol; I just remember standing there I don't wanna hold your teeth dad lol. So many memories but these are some of them that make me laugh and feel close to you. Always messaging each other for every holiday and telling each other we loved one another. Sending videos of Abel wrestling and you rooting him on saying keep going my Lil Jalapeño!!! And lucy leaving special coins and cards for you. You will truly be missed Dad; your jokes, your wisdom, your company, and your love. Until we meet again. Love you Dad, Court.

Tina’s Memories of Ron,

Met Ron in Lewistown while he was on a job. Ron went back to Dillon, MT when finished with his job and divorced his first wife and moved to Lewistown, MT with his son Brian in 1988. Ron and I moved to Billings, MT in February of 1990. Ron worked for a few mechanic shops in Billings, MT and later started his own mechanic shop. After a few years they decided to get back into sawmill dismantling. He had experience in this from working with his dad and brothers, they worked together in 1982 until Brian was born. Ron, Marvin(brother), and a friend Al started R&M Dismantling they worked many different Sawmill. Eventually Brian and I joined them and traveled to many places on the West Coast and down South. But Montana was always home. When we returned to Montana Ron returned back to mechanicing. One of his biggest prides was his 6-point bull elk. He enjoyed taking the grandsons with him back in the day though there was usually some shenanigan that would happen with one; You know who you are! Never a dull moment with or the kids. RIP Ron Thank you for the Memories. Love, Tina.

Carrie’s Memories of her husband,

From the moment we met each other it was instant attraction, it's like we already knew each other. I considered Ron my mountain man we both loved the outdoors we enjoyed boating, fishing, hunting together, and camping. Raising my three teenage kids together after our divorces. We were only Common Law Married for reasons only known to us but didn't matter we were married to each other. He was an amazing Husband, Father, and Papa and was very much loved. I have so many good memories and stories of our time together that I could never say enough. He fought a long hard fight with his illness! Until we meet again my love; I shall hold you in my arms and never let you go. I Love You! Your wife Carrie.

Ron named the Lavina Place R&C Ranch its 30 acres they have a small herd of cattle, goats, sheep, and pigs, his dog “sage” she is a Catahoula cow dog. A lady gave her to Ron said sage hated men. Sage came right up to Ron and jumped in the truck and came home with us lol. When Ron was on Oxygen but wasn't really bad off yet he worked for his friend Tom Harpstead running the quad tractor and grain cart for barley he really enjoyed that got him out of the house and kept him in the ac working doing something he enjoyed, and he got to see deer and elk while he did it. Oh, and Carrie collects rocks because she is weird like that, and Ron would find her special rocks and bring them back to her no matter where he was<3.

Proceeded in death would be Grandparents, His mom Kathryn, brothers Gary and Joey, various Aunts\Uncles. Survived by his Dad Donald Hendrickson of Phoenix, OR., Brothers

Randy Hendrickson of Lebanon, OR., Marvin Hendrickson of Brigham City, UT., Sister Sherri (Michael) Worl of Brigham City, UT. He is also survived by numerous nieces and nephews. His Wife Carrie Tucker of Lavina, MT. His son Brian Hendrickson of Box Elder, MT. His Step Kids and numerous Grandchildren.

There will be a Celebration for Life at a later date this summer in Utah.

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